Table Hopping with Morris Gut

A beautiful technicolor harbinger of spring, the 19th Annual Spring Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx runs through May 1. This year’s theme: ‘Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope.’ After taking in all that beauty, where do we dine? Here are a few suggestions.

 

Mario’s 2342 Arthur Avenue, Bronx 

718-584-1188

A venerable Little Italy institution, Mario’s is marking over 100 years of operation. Regina Migliucci and her family run the show. To many, the flavorful sauces and gravies produced in this kitchen are the stuff of Italian ‘foodie heaven’. And for those in the know, the old-world menu also holds many surprises. For starters enjoy the palate pleasing lagniappe of marinated carrots, hot peppers, and good crusty Arthur Ave. bread as you survey the menu. Hearty Spiedini, Braciola, Osso Buco. www.mariosarthurave.com 

 

Morris Park Inn, 1024 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx 718-239-4109

Proprietor Steve Poli of bustling Morris Park Inn offers a full tavern menu and generous portions. Specialties to look for: Nachos Supreme, Baja Crispy Fish Tacos, Chopped Cobb Salad, hefty Burgers, wraps and sandwiches, Mussels with Spaghetti, Baby Back Ribs, Fried Seafood Combo, and Center Cut Pork Chops. www.morrisparkinn.com 

 

Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 

394 City Island Avenue, Bronx 718-885-9885

Owner Spiro Chagares and his staff offer patrons an inspired melding of traditional and contemporary dishes served with flair. Sit back in one of several inviting dining areas and enjoy such changing specialties as: hearty Seafood Chowders; Asian Sticky Buns; Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups; Wood Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops; hunks of tender Short Rib; a massive Zuppa Di Pesce; tender Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb; Chardonnay Poached Salmon with seafood; and fresh Lobster prepared in a variety of styles. There’s a loaded Lobster Salad Roll at lunch and their Mediterranean style Pizzas are good to share, too. Check out the bar/lounge most evenings for good networking. Craft beer selection. Open 7 days. Free parking. www.artiescityisland.com

 

(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: gutreactions@optonline.net)